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Fine Arts: Photography 2


Entrance requirements

Participance in the entrance exam of Photography 2 consists of an entrance assignment and motivation letter, and the assessment of your artistic portfolio. If these are of sufficient quality, you will be invited for the second round, in which you will be interviewed online by the teacher about your motivation.
After your application is reviewed, you will be informed whether you are invited to the interview on 27 January 2021. The entrance exam date for Photography 2 is on 4 February 2021.
You can apply from 1 December 2020 until 20 January 2021 for this course through Osiris, see link below.

Assignments Entrance Exam Photography 2:

Choose a person that you consider to be special in some way or another and produce a series of photos made through the eyes of that person. That person could be a public personality, but alternatively it could be someone from your family or social circle. Try to place yourself in that person’s shoes and to imagine what he/she would consider interesting subject matter for a series of photos. Take these photos, using your fantasy and imagination. Try to take the background and interests of the person you have chosen into account, making this visible in your photos. So, it’s not a matter what you find interesting in your surroundings, but rather what the person you have chosen would find interesting. It does not matter whether you use an analogue camera or a digital one. You should make at least 8 photographs for this assignments.
Additionally, you make a portfolio of earlier work you made on your own initiative (minimum of 10 photos, maximum of 20 photos).
The 8 assignments photographs and the portfolio should be merged into one PDF, which you should upload during the application process.
In addition, you need to write a motivation letter of max. 500 words in which you explain your assignment and why you want to participate in Photography 2.


This course is an introductory course which will focus on the examination of expressive and applicatory possibilities of photographic means. Concepts that will be explored are image, reality, foreground and background, space, zoom, sharpness, depth, shutter speed, light, lighting, moment, and aperture.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to bring students into contact with various fields of photography. The course is structured around a number of individual assignments that allow students to try out different directions in photography, letting them to discover their own interests and to continue developing. Class meetings capitalise on the fact that students participating have a broad range of disciplines and view photography from the perspective of their own background.
The assignments will focus on the study of images and creating personal works in the context of contemporary photography. Students will work from the perspective of their own area of study, finalizing the course with a visual essay.

The assignments are focused on individual artistic development. At the end of the course, students will be able to produce and reflect on photographic works independently. Be able to put their personal work in context of contemporary photography.
The course is open to both students who have and haven’t followed Photography 01.


Online entrance exams: 4 February 2021 Lessons: Wednesday from 19.00 – 21.30 hrs. (with reservation) Period: 10 February 2021 - 26 May 2021 (with reservation) Location: all classes take place at KABK, Prinsessegracht 4, Den Haag, unless the COVID19 situation changes drastically Room: follows

Mode of instruction

Practical lessons with individual guidance.

Mode of assesment

Individual assesment of work at the end of the course. 80 % Attendance to the lessons is mandatory.
Individual assessment of work at the end of the course.
At the end of the course there will be an exhibition. Participation in that is required.


Will be anounced in the first class.


Liza Swaving


Register before 20 January 2021!
NB: This course is NOT available in Usis. Registration: please register in Oisiris via this link.


This course is part of Practicum Artium. These courses are exclusively intented for students of Leiden University.

For other courses in the domains of fine arts and music, please visit: Elective courses music and fine arts